Michael Matthews left ‘totally confused’ by Tom Dumoulin’s Tour de France absence

The Australian says he's spent the past few months preparing to assist Dumoulin in place of his own ambitions

Michael Matthews on stage three of the Tour de Suisse 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Michael Matthews (Sunweb) has said that team-mate Tom Dumoulin's absence from the Tour de France 2019 has left him "totally confused" and that he doesn't "know where to go from here".

While many would assume Dumoulin's inability to conquer a knee injury in time for the Grand Départ from Brussels on July 6 would allow the Australian free-reign to target stage victories and a second green jersey after his points classification win in 2017.

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